Blackwoods Botanical Vodka is infused with local botanicals to add some depth of flavour to what “is usually considered a plain spirit,” said Kate Alexander, marketing manager at Blavod Drinks, which owns the brand.
Whereas gin is distilled with botanicals the vodka is distilled first and then the botanicals are left to rest in the vodka for a short period of time.
“We only use our Shetland botanicals in the vodka, not strong flavoured botanicals such a Juniper, therefore we create only subtle flavours in the vodka,” she explained.
The botanicals include Sea Pink, Marsh Marigold, Meadow Sweet and Angelica and are all handpicked in the Shetland between May and July.
“We’re really excited about the new Blackwoods Botanical Vodka, the added depth gives it a really interesting taste you can’t find anywhere else, and vodka drinkers can enjoy it neat.
“We expect this, coupled with the new packaging, to cause a rise in sales in the UK and export markets”.
Blackwoods Botanical Vodka, 40% ABV, will be released early next month in the UK before a global roll out.
Last week the C&C Group re-launched its Squire’s Gin and Odessa Vodka under its new wine and spirits arm International Wine Services (IWS).